Sometimes things don’t work out and maybe, just maybe, you’re better off because of it.
In my case, I’ve been thinking about why my Long-Suffering Manuscript was long-suffering. Maybe it’s not the right time for me to write a YA sci-fi/neo-noir trilogy. Maybe the original concept has been too muddled by the inclusion of Plot Trope X or Character Type Y, things I added purely because I believed they were key ingredients in a good book (spoiler: lies, all lies!).
And maybe—and this is the biggest fallacy, I think—I thought I needed to stick with the story because I had spent so much time working on it.
But it ultimately doesn’t matter what the reasons are. What matters now is what you learned. And what I learned is that there are more pressing issues, stuff that scares me to write about, for example, that I need to get out of my system first.
And Thus, I’m Plotting a New Story
This morning, I finished an outline for a new story. I plotted it using this method I learned largely from trial and error, and there’s around 28 chapters so far.
It’s a YA neo-noir/supernatural(?) with some dark comedy thrown in. There’s a girl, stolen mob money, and a whole lot of inner and literal demons. This story is more true to who I am, and hopefully that will come through once I start writing it.
I gave myself a week to plot it so as to not overthink the story too much. The completed outline is messy and riddled with lots of ‘ADD THIS’ or ‘EDIT THIS’ annotations, but it’s solid enough to build upon. The key now is to write continuously, without stopping, until I get to the end, and go from there.
I aim to complete this new story according to my original deadlines.
As always, I’ll keep you updated.
Millie’s Note: What is your experience with putting work on hiatus?